Rossouw considers Brumbies approach
July 25, 2011
South Africa's Danie Rossouw tackles David Pocock during the Tri-Nations clash in Sydney © Getty Images
New Brumbies head coach Jake White wants to sign Springboks forward Danie Rossouw.
The 33-year-old has already agreed to join Japanese club Suntory from the Bulls, but he could be persuaded to provide short-term cover for the Brumbies ahead of his move to Japan. The Brumbies have lost former Wallabies second-row Mark Chisholm, who is heading to France, while loose forward Mitch Chapman is departing for Japan.
Suntory are coached by former Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones, who assisted White at the Springboks, which could help facilitate a short-term stay in Canberra for Rossouw.
"That's one thing we would obviously look at, but Danie has to commit to it," White told the Australian. "He has just finished a Super Rugby campaign. He is going to Japan. I want Eddie to be happy with the fact there is a win-win for him as well. "A guy like Danie Rossouw, if we could get a deal, that would be fantastic."
Rossouw is currently with the Springboks squad ahead of their Tri-Nations clash with the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday. White revealed that he has also approached a number of other player but they are unwilling to commit before teh World Cup that begins in September.
"I approached a couple of the South African boys and I approached a couple of the Kiwi boys. Top international. But they are sceptical about putting their hand up in case they jeopardise their (World Cup) selections," White said.
"It would be fair to say in Australia generally there are not too many second-rowers around. I found in Australia a lot of second-rowers are very young. I'm trying to get a more experienced guy. I'll wait and see who I can get to fulfil that role. I would rather get a guy into my squad sooner rather than later."
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